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UPDATE: My web host has scheduled maintenance this Friday Nov. 20 from 11:00am to 5:00pm CST. If anything urgent occurs to me, I'll post it here during those hours.
Because One Blog Is Never Enough
One of our fileservers has choked under the increased load. This has wiped out a few of our content (web) servers.They're still having to add replacement hardware for all of that which was destroyed in the great power outage a few days ago. Stay tuned. If this takes more than, say, 2 hours, I'll resume blogging here.
AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water
A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.
But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.
Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public "doesn't know how to interpret the information" and might be unduly alarmed.
Please read the rest of the AP article for details on how this happens. Your first guess is probably the correct one.
(Again, this will be cross-posted to the YDD when that is possible.)
Officials: Bush to announce troop cut
Summary Box: Officials Say Bush Will Adopt Petraeus' Recommendations on Troop Withdrawals
The Associated Press
Sep 11, 2007 16:46 EDT
UPCOMING ADDRESS: President Bush will tell the nation this week he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by about 30,000 by next summer, The Associated Press has learned.
CONDITIONAL CUTS: But he will condition those and further cuts on continued progress.
ENDORSEMENT: In a prime-time television address, probably Thursday, Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq.
There’s only one word to describe Jon Chait’s book: shrill. I mean, how can Chait say that “American politics has been hijacked by a tiny coterie of right-wing economic extremists”? The cocktail-party circuit knows better.Read the rest. Hey, if we can get straight news from Jon Stewart, why should Krugman not be a funny man when he chooses?